ICBA Convention: Bring the Family
Been meaning to take a vacation with your family for a while now, but too busy with work at the bank? Good news! The ICBA National Convention & Techworld® 2013 will be in Las Vegas, March 11-15 at the beautiful Wynn Las Vegas Resort and Encore and offers the perfect opportunity to combine work and a little family fun in one trip!

Las Vegas boasts a number of arts, cultural and educational experiences your whole family can enjoy including:
  • The Springs Preserve is on a 180-acre historic site commonly known as "the birthplace of Las Vegas." The preserve features historic museums, galleries, outdoor concerts and events, educational and play areas for children. 
  • Discovery Childrens' Museum is Las Vegas’ favorite family destination with more than 100 interactive exhibits in science, arts and culture spread over two floors of fun.
  • Mandalay Bay Shark Reef where you can get up and personal with endangered and unusual aquatic animals.  Visitors journey through a replica of an ancient temple ruin and a sunken galleon ship surrounded by several varieties of sharks.
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Visa Introduces NFL Promotion for Cardholders

Imagine keeping your customers' NFL excitement alive all year long with Visa! Visa will give cardholders enrolled in the Visa NFL Fan Offers program the chance to make this NFL season epic, when they use their enrolled Visa card to make purchases from now until Feb. 5, 2013.

How it works: Community bank cardholders can enroll their eligible Visa card to receive customized offers and chances to win epic NFL prizes all season. To spread the word, community banks can download Visa market-ready and customizable email templates, web banners and promotional copy from Visa Online, beginning Sept. 20.  The Visa NFL Fan Offers program is in-market from Sept. 5, 2012 through Feb. 4, 2013.There is no cost to participate.

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Free Download: Q&A on Real Estate Valuation Guidelines
Regulators continue to focus on real estate valuations tied to commercial and ag loans. Are you confident your community bank is meeting the recommendations of the Interagency Appraisals and Evaluation Guidelines? WebEquity Solutions, an ICBA Preferred Service Provider, recently hosted a webinar on this topic and published a Q&A document with answers to questions submitted by the audience. 

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Tailor Made: Seminars for Community Banks in the Western Region

Community Bank Directors’ Conference
From Nov. 1-3 in Kohala Coast, Hawaii, community bank directors are invited to learn how they can establish, rebuild and/or sustain growth while looking for new ways to approach and solve some of the industry’s toughest challenges. Topics covered will include financial reform, key profitability strategies for maintaining independence, the new model of profitability, raising capital in today’s market and more. Peer exchange sessions will focus on examination issues and planning for the future.

Community Banking in the Future
From Oct. 11-12 in Sacramento, Calif., community bankers can attend Community Banking in the Future and learn how the trajectory of community banking is evolving. Speakers will help attendees define the paths they are on and recommend strategies to prepare for the future. Topics covered will include optimizing your bank for increased profits, a discussion of “The Cloud” and banking, winning at the new bank growth game and more. Peer exchange sessions will focus on examination trends and issues, plus increasing profits and improving performance.

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  • Visit ICBA Education on the web for a complete directory of seminars and educational opportunities for community banks headquartered in the Western region of the United States.

Save the Date! Upcoming Events from ICBA Education
Audio Conferences
Sept. 25
Compliance 911: Resolving Unanticipated Emergency

Sept. 27
Small Business Investment Co. Option for Banks

Oct. 29-30
Loan Review: Implementing Best Practices

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Farmer Mac Announces Road Show Workshop Locations

Farmer Mac, an ICBA Preferred Service Provider, will host complimentary agricultural lender workshops in 17 states beginning in September. Topics will include tools to help community banks increase their customer base and offer innovative loan products to ag producers through secondary market originations.

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Webinar: Adapt for Success in a Transforming Industry
Join ICBA Mortgage and Mortgagebot on Thursday Nov. 8 from 2-3:15 (Eastern Time) to learn how web-based technology can transform your enterprise-wide origination business into a “transactional point-of-sale”. See why other ICBA members—who are using it to streamline the application, product and pricing, compliance, disclosure, and approval processes—reveal it’s the best strategy to compete for profitable business, manage volume fluctuations, boost efficiency, remove compliance headaches, and deliver the self-serve online options their borrowers expect.

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Webinar: Combating Online Fraud: Prevention, Detection & Response
ICBA Compliance and Risk Management powered by Chartwell Compliance, and Compushare, an ICBA Preferred Service Provider, are hosting an educational webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 1-2 p.m. (Eastern Time) (how to combat electronic fraud and what to do if your community bank is “hit.” Webinar attendees will learn about the latest financial threats, crimes, and risks (IT, BSA-AML, etc.) to banks and how to prevent or limit those risks from harming your institution.

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Webinar: OTS to OCC – Prepare for your Next IT Exam
Compushare, an ICBA Preferred Service Provider, is hosting an educational webinar at 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) Thursday, Sept. 20, on how you can prepare for upcoming regulatory examinations if your bank’s charter has changed from the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) to the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). This webinar will cover: background on the agency change, what this change means for your institution, and resources that can assist in preparing your institution.

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